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English definition of “prevail”

prevail

verb [I]     /prɪˈveɪl/
to get control or influence in a particular situation : prevail over sth They complained that corporate interests often prevailed over the needs of the individual .
formal to win in an argument , court case , etc.: prevail in sth If they prevail in the court case , they could receive up to $10,000 each.
to be common among a group of people or in an area at a particular time : This attitude still prevails in parts of Europe .prevail among sb Secrecy prevails among the banking lobbies .
(Definition of prevail verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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